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Blackjewel Hit with Class Action Lawsuit in Gillette

Coal News - Published on Thu, 11 Jul 2019

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Star Tribune reported that out of work Blackjewel employee has filed a class action lawsuit alleging the bankrupt company violated federal labor laws by failing to notify or compensate hundreds of workers before closing down its mines on July 1. Worker Mr David Engelbrecht filed the class action lawsuit on behalf of himself and other similarly situated workers who were affected by the coal mine closures that hit two Wyoming mines and others in Kentucky, West Virginia and Virginia.

The lawsuit filed in federal court in West Virginia alleges the company violated the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act, also known as the WARN Act, because CEO Jeffrey Hoops did not give sufficient written notice of the layoffs, nor did he offer 60 days of wages.

The lawsuit said that “On or about July 1, 2019 and thereafter, Defendant Blackjewel terminated the Plaintiff's employment as part of a mass layoff and/or plant closure which qualifies as an event for which he was entitled to receive 60 days’ advance written notice under the WARN Act.”

Court documents said that under the WARN Act, the workers would legally be entitled to wages and benefits.

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Posted By : Ratan Singh on Thu, 11 Jul 2019
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